Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy

Zainab is a Digital Product manager with a passion for diversity & inclusion and inspiring the next generation of future leaders.

After graduating with a Masters in Mathematics in 2016, Zainab joined Barclays and underwent a two year graduate programme. She completed placements in Strategy, Product Management and Transformation, and worked on a number of projects relating to digital adoption and innovation. Upon completion of the graduate programme, Zainab secured a role within the Digital Banking team. Zainab is a Digital Product Manager within the Barclays Global Digital & Platforms team, focusing on introducing new and innovative features into the Barclays app via Open Banking technology. Zainab helped to set up and shape the Diversity and Inclusion agenda within the Digital Banking Team, and leads the Multicultural pillar, which aims to raise awareness and support colleagues from different backgrounds.

Zainab is Deputy chair of the Barclays Black Professionals Forum (UK), overseeing career and development initiatives. As part of this, she co-leads a sixth from mentoring programme for students from South East London, pairing them with a Barclays colleague as a mentor, and equipping them with skills needed to excel in any industry/career that they choose to pursue. The success of the mentoring programme was recognised when the Black Professionals Forum won the Inclusion Champion Category at the Global Barclays Citizenship and Diversity Awards 2019.

Whilst on the graduate programme, Zainab was a Barclays representative for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London, a non-profit organisation that prepares students from ethnic minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success. She delivered talks and workshops over the two years providing an overview of Barclays to SEO candidates, many of whom went on to apply and subsequently secure places on the Barclays internship and graduate programmes.

Zainab was named in the EMpower Top 100 Future Leaders list 2020, and Powerful Media Top 100 Future Leaders 2016-17.